It is, indeed, the most wonderful time of the year, but getting your home to look as festive as the rest of the community can be quite a chore. That’s not to mention the possible damage on your roof — that is, assuming you’re going all out. To avoid the usual headaches that come with installing decorations and lights on the outside of your house, we rounded up some tips from expert contractors. Here they are.
Lights are the main event of most holiday decorations. We want to create a stunning display, complete with blinkers and color-shifters but we don’t want to burn our house down. What to do? Ensure that all decorations are a good distance from power lines and are plugged into a circuit that’s really intended for outdoor use.
For good measure, find a way to cover the electrical connections in case the weather isn’t cooperative, Also, avoid overloading your breaker. Lights and sounds are pretty but find out first how many amps they take up and compare if your breaker and power lines can actually handle them.
Leave the Shingles Alone
Lights should not be hung on your shingles. It’s actually easier and much safer to wrap them around a tree. If you drill even a tiny hole on your shingle or part of the roof, it will invite moisture and leaks, eventually causing rust and rot on your roofing. The smart way is to use clip that can be hung from eaves or gutters. Also, before going up the roof to string those lights, make sure that they have been untangled already. And test first that every bulb lights up.
Don’t Do It Alone
Decorating your house is not a one-man job and don’t make it so. For your and your home’s safety, call a buddy to help you out. Possibly someone who has knowledge about electricals and outdoor decor so you don’t waste time figuring things out along the way.
Leave It To The Pros
If you’re unsure about your outdoor decorating skills, it’s best to hire a professional to get the job done seamlessly. While this may cause a dent on your holiday budget, if you want to go all out on your decorations this year, you should leave the job to a professional to install everything properly — and without causing any damage.
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